When you get the opportunity to experience life with people at different times in your life, for different reasons, it is something truly purposeful. I had the opportunity to travel mission trips and attend church with Jesse. While Kurtis and I, graduated in the same class at school. There are definitely some more connections along the way, but you get the idea. So when we saw these two were engaged, we hoped we would get to be apart of their story once again.Read More
If you ever have the opportunity to visit Colorado for a little Ski Trip you will not regret it... especially if you have these two to show you around. Their engagement session was a cold one but it was worth it. These two were awesome. They brought all their special coats and gear so we could hike 13,000 feet up to see breathtaking views and capture their engagement session.Read More
Heading into spring we decide to share a touch of green and pink from Rebecca and Tommy's wedding day. These two were too fun to hang out with, so we scheduled a dinner date after their engagement shoot. The same can be said about their rehearsal dinner, wedding, and reception.Read More
After coming home from celebrating quite an intense game of dirty santa at Pierce and Dianne's christmas party, we again saw Pierce and Dianne's authenticity and were reminded of shooting their engagement and wedding photos.Read More
We had the chance to travel to New Hope, Alabama to capture Brittany and Charlie's wedding. When we originally met with these two, we talked all kinds of details. Planning, flowers, caters, and of course the style and location of their wedding were all topics we touched on. They informed us that their wedding would take place on the groom's family property. When we arrived to the venue, we saw it was exactly how they had described it to us including surrounding crops, beautiful land, and a reception to take place in an on-site airplane hanger. Enjoy looking through Brittany&Charlie's wedding day!
This bride and groom surprised us on their wedding day. Yes it is true, they literally surprised us with an incredible piece of handmade art quoting Harry Potter (now hanging in our home). These two also found an incredible nature filled lot, before the wedding day, that we were able to travel to, to capture many photos. Happy 6 months Drew &Brittany!
We had the opportunity to spend a little time with Mary and Marcus before their big day. Since Jamison and I are already Auburn fans, we were not opposed to travel to Auburn University to spend the afternoon with Mary and Marcus, hearing their story and capturing their engagement photos. This couple made us feel welcomed on their alumni campus and on their wedding day. Take a peak at this ceremony.
Jamison Skinner Photography recently teamed up with Borrowed and Blue, the locally-focused online wedding resource for Birmingham weddings, to give couples everything they need to know about our photography services.
Here’s our Q&A with Borrowed & Blue:
How did you first get into photography?
My journey into photography began in 2012, near the halfway point of my education at Samford University. I enjoyed taking pictures as a hobby, shooting engagements, family sessions, artists, and anyone who would let me take their picture really. Allison Moss, a retired wedding photographer and secretary of Samford’s communications department, took an interest in my work. One day she approached me with an opportunity to shoot a wedding of her friend... Needless to say I enjoyed capturing the wedding (I think I was paid $100. Ha!), and over the next year, I gradually began to book more weddings here and there...Over the next two years my love for photography blossomed, and I put away my “hobby”of taking pictures in pursuit of becoming a full time photographer. That dream began to become a reality in 2014 when my better half, and now wife, Lindsay Kate, began to work along side me in the business. Lindsay Kate was already skilled with the camera, and I have never considered her a second shooter. Now we're a husband and wife running our full time photography business, with equally important rolls. She thinks like a bride and I think like a groom (I know, I got the easy end of the deal)...We couldn't be more grateful to all of the brides and grooms who have allowed us to capture their wedding day and tell their story. With the said, it's difficult to express our gratitude for the Lord’s provision over our business throughout these past few years... We owe everything we have to Him, and trust in Him daily to sustain our company.
What single photo sums up your aesthetic?
As a storyteller, what draws you to a particular subject?
Whether it’s the bride and groom, or a father/daughter first look, we feel the natural imperfections that accompany any shoot are what give our pictures a sense of authenticity. Real and authentic moments are what we hope to capture when telling any story.
What is your favorite moment to photograph at a wedding?
The “first look” or the first time the bride and groom see each other on the wedding day, is probably say our favorite. It’s a contagious moment.
What makes or breaks a engagement shoot?
We find that when couples trust our vision for their engagement shoots, they are able to relax and enjoy themselves. The photos from the shoots reflect the genuine happiness of the couples enjoying themselves.
What are some of the most photogenic spots for Birmingham engagement shoots?
We are big fans of downtown Homewood. If you catch downtown Homewood at the right time you can capture the lights and the small town feel beautifully.
Where else do you love to photograph?
We love to take advantage of rural landscapes on private properties around the outskirts of Birmingham. The beauty of these landscapes truly inspire a natural feeling within our pictures.
What’s one of your favorite photographs you’ve taken?
What’s your favorite wedding that you’ve shot?
This was a hard question for us to answer, mostly because their are different aspects of many weddings that have added to our list of favorites. One of our favorites was a Rhode Island wedding. Feel free to check this wedding out on our blog linked below! http://www.jamisonskinnerphotography.com/blog/kyleandsarah
What’s your favorite out of all the Birmingham wedding venues to shoot at?
The Barn at Shady Lane is hands down our favorite wedding venue in Birmingham. From Ceremony to Reception, it has everything a couple could ask for from a venue. And on top of that the owners, Michael and Linda Adler, and the staff are absolutely phenomenal to work with.
What is the first thing you ask couples when they approach you?
Before we determine which of our packages best fit our couple, we ask them to share with us their vision of the wedding.
What’s the biggest mistake the couples make when choosing their photographer?
We find that people will look for price over quality. Trust me, Lindsay Kate and I both understand budgeting for a wedding, but we also know that photos are the physical memories of your wedding day that will last you a lifetime. Many people will settle for mediocre photos at a cheaper deal. Which makes it important for us to encourage our clients to invest in the memories they will be able to share with their friends and family for a lifetime.
What makes Jamison Skinner Photography different from other wedding photographers?
We are a husband and wife team. This affords us the opportunity to see the shoot through the eyes of a bride and a groom. Collaborating our two completely different minds together allows us to see unique things a bride and a groom would want for their specific wedding day.
What tips do you have for couples who have never been photographed before?
Trust your photographers. Don’t put the pressure on yourselves. Just relax and have fun.
What are some of your upcoming projects for the future?
Being that we are based in Birmingham, we don’t capture to many weddings near the beach. So we are excited for some upcoming coastal weddings, based in Tampa Bay and Charleston.
Lights, camera, action. It’s time to book your photographer with Jamison Skinner Photography to make those memories last a lifetime. For the rest of your wedding planning needs, be sure to check out Borrowed & Blue.
We really do enjoy the easiness of an engagement shoot, but it's even better when you get to do one for old friends. Finding great photo locations was fun, but the best part was the community we shared with these two over dinner and a board game. We are very excited to travel to Charleston, in the spring, for Jake and Keri's wedding day.
A huge perk to our job is traveling to different cities and discovering new and unique venues. For our recent Nashville wedding, we traveled to the beautiful historic Scarritt Bennett Center. This venue truly fit the theme of Lindsey and Philips' wedding day. With accents of green, pink, and white flowers, green formal dresses, tuxedos for the men, and the beautifully lit Wightman Chapel, the wedding was destined to be simply elegant. We will let the photos speak for themselves as you take a glance at this classy wedding.
The Rhode Island wedding that never found its way to our blog... Due to the business of 2015 for Jamison, myself, and the business, some of our favorite shoots never made their way to the blog. This is one we knew we always wanted to share..
So what did we enjoy about this day? I think most people, including ourselves, left this one chatting about the reception. The ceremony, however, did hit at a perfect time, right before the rain and was also beautifully set right in front of a white lighthouse. The reception was definitely a party. This reception was full of family, friends, and photographers sharing in a meal together and following it up with hours out on the dance floor.
Sarah and Kyle made sure to make everyone feel at home in Newport, Rhode Island. We left this wedding with many of our new favorite wedding photos, including one of Jamison's favorite send off sparkler shots. Make sure you make it to the bottom of the blog to see this special photo.
May 9th, 2015
Simply put, this couple was quite entertaining to photograph. Being that they had already helped us create one of our favorite engagement shoots, their wedding was one we were looking forward to. Their ceremony was held in a new location, The Chapel at Grants Mill, with a very beautiful, light filled bridal suite. Their extremely fun reception that followed was held at Avondale Brewery.
So what makes Aspen and Cody's wedding unique? I think it was the fact that Jamison and I got to see how we weren't just this couples wedding photographers. They worked to form a relationship with us with only a few times of being together, and a majority of that time we were taking photos of them. That alone speaks of the great character of these two. To me, that made their wedding special. We also saw how they interacted with their whole wedding party and guest in this same way. So enjoy looking through some of our favorites from Mr. and Mrs. Perry's wedding Day!
And there you have a beautiful wedding dress, a beautiful couple, and a beautiful wedding day.
Last year, early spring, as we talked and walked around this campus with Laura Beth and Austin, a week before their wedding, we became excited because we already had in mind some beautiful areas to grab some shots for this couple. This elegant wedding was covered in calligraphy writing, a beautiful vintage dress, and spring colored flowers of yellow and white. Enjoy some of our favorite shots of these two on their wedding day, covering Samford Universities campus.
Mr. and Mrs. Austin Dages.
It is a gift in life when you find people who genuinely love to teach and help others. These people are not scared to push others to work harder or think bigger.
This explains Matt and Whitney. Matt and Whitney are not the typical teachers you would think of. Their work setting is not a classroom, no, their work setting instead consist of weights and kettle bells, work out bars and medicine balls, chalked up hands and exhausted gym members. Matt and Whitney are the owners of CrossFit Irondale and they are a power couple to say the least.
On a Saturday in March, we watched behind the lens as Matt and Whitney become Mr. and Mrs. Pals. One thing that stood out about their wedding day, was the fact that they actually loved their wedding day. I truly believe it was one of the best days of their lives. Enjoy looking through some of our favorite shots!
And there you have Mr. and Mrs. Pals.
"Here is the deepest secret nobody knows. I carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)."
Hannah and Ethan.
Where do I begin with this couple?
Jamison and I were ecstatic to get the opportunity to shoot Hannah and Ethan's wedding. Jamison and Ethan have shared a deep friendship for the last six years of their lives, and Hannah and I clicked from the moment we met. One thing we loved about shooting their wedding was seeing pieces of ourselves in this couple... From being at the same stage of life, to having comparable passions, sharing similar personalities, and knowing the excitement of soon marrying your best friend. So yes, we loved the idea of getting to spend this exciting day in support and with them.
We watched Hannah as her hair was curled and pinned, make up was applied, jewelry added, and beautiful dress was revealed to her bridesmaids, calmly and kindly prepare to see her best friend. Although I have to believe the nerves were present, Hannah's excitement and simplicity seemed to cover them quite well. And of course, we stood with Ethan as he prepared himself to see his soon to be bride, yet never missing the opportunity to make one of us laugh throughout the whole process. We captured the first look that Hannah and Ethan had on their day. I would have to say, I think one of our favorite moments came shortly following the first look. We snapped photos of just the two of them as we was watched them interact with each other as if this was something they did everyday. Their intimate ceremony took place at the Barn at Shady Lane, and it was a perfect fit for this wedding. We watched the day go on as a celebration constantly reminding us of the excitement we had towards our soon wedding day.
Our favorite moment revealed. What you can't see is the thousands of photo looked through because of how easy it was to capture this couples charm.
"Let them a journey new begin."
We loved this incredible new venue, and have to say The Barn at Shady Lane is our new favorite venue in Birmingham. The barn itself is beautiful and rustic and includes a vintage bridal loft. Chandelier lighting in the barn is stunning and works great for a day or night ceremony. Michael and Linda Adler did a fantastic job creating this venue and were a pleasure to work with the day of the wedding. They also were a huge help in making sure the wedding day flowed smoothly and the barn was perfect for the ceremony and reception.
We also had the opportunity to work with their wedding planner, Candice, from Something Blue a "Day Of" division of M Elizabeth Events. She did a great job of working with Hannah to make sure she was able to enjoy her wedding day, and not be stressed about all the details that can come with important events.
Another unique part of this day, was the personal ceremony that took place for Hannah and Ethan's wedding. Beautiful music was played and worshipful words were sung. They also shared in the Lord's supper with all of their guest... It was very clear to see that this couple was determined in making sure their ceremony was centered on Christ.
When this couple became Mr. and Mrs. Asters the fun and excitement could not be contained any longer. Hot chocolate was served. The live band began to play. Delicious food was devoured... and then the dancing began.
And the dancing continued.
Hey, we know that face don't we? Yes, even we were dancing. We couldn't miss out on this incredibly entertaining reception.
Sparklers to send them away.
And a kiss to say Goodbye.
And there you have, Hannah and Ethan's wedding day.
The 2015 Highlights for Jamison Skinner Photography.
To fill you in.
Jamison and I have been quite busy this year with a few little things.This past year while Jamison and I worked to photograph twenty-five weddings, we also planned a wedding of our own. For those who do not know,Jamison and I started working together in January of 2014. We soon discovered we made quite a team, and it only made sense to run our business as a married couple. So over a 6 month time frame, from November to May, we planned and prepared our wedding. On May 23, 2015, we said “I DO”. It was quite the adventure for us, and daily continues to be one.
However, we do not want those who support our business to miss out on what we have done over the past year. We were able to shoot and be a part of engagements, portrait sessions, family events, fundraisers, unique events in Birmingham, and of course weddings. So with that being said, we have thrown together a few blogs capturing some highlights of 2015 and will be publishing these blogs over the next few days.
We are truly thankful for this year and all of those who invested and believed in us. Your support excites us and challenges us to continue to do our best work. Thank you for believing in Jamison Skinner Photography. We look forward to 2016 and all the things to come.
As wedding photographers, we get the chance to be a part of many wedding days. As we document every moment of that day, it's always interesting to find what makes each wedding unique. When we find those special things, we want to be able to share them with the rest of the world. So we hope you enjoy our new blog for this wedding... and the many more to come.
January 3, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina, a winter wedding took place. The forecast for this day was overcast and gloomy, but for those gathered at First Presbyterian Church this day was not gloomy at all. It was a celebration. The bridesmaids shawls, Jess' white fur, the grey color scheme, and the hot chocolate were all things that made Jess and Peter's wedding unique, because it grasped the winter feel and brought it to life.
Jess and Peter were very easy to work with and even willing to let us try new things by capturing many of their wedding photos in a beautiful churchyard. Sticking together, side by side throughout the day, we saw how this couple worked as a team to bring laughter and smiles to each other... And we think you will find this quite evident in their photos.
Jess and Peter decided to have a first look and of course, it would be hard not to let this moment be one of your favorites from the day. As you can see both couples stood feet away from each other anxiously awaiting the moment Peter would turn around and they would see each other face to face. We were excited to be able to share in this intimate moment and watch Jess and Peter as they saw each other for the first time on their wedding day.
We're going to the chapel.
And the ceremony begins.